Where to go in 2014

Happy new year! The New York Times’ annual list of places to go in the new year — 52 in 2014 — is just out. I contributed five of those: Scotland, the Mekong River, Andermatt in Switzerland, Atlanta and Indianapolis. Five down, 47 to go…

Read the full story here. Bon voyage!




Burma story wins a Lowell Thomas, the most prestigious award in travel writing

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Take a walk on Sydney’s wild side

Sydney is a city for nature lovers. Yes, it’s got plenty of culture and refinement — witness the iconic Opera House — but it’s also got Outback topography, loads of wildlife and aboriginal sites easily accessible within the metro area. I traveled there in August to report a story on Australia’s new National Landscapes program that highlights Sydney Harbour and its unique wilderness for the New York Times. Australia2013 230Australia2013 253

Click on the following for a read:


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Chicago Culinary Tours

USAToday.com just launched a new foodie travel channel on it’s website, and I wrote about what I know best: how to eat and drink your way through Chicago. Check it out:




Skiing, The Next Generation

My latest blog post for the New York Times is up at http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/skiing-the-next-geEuropean Spring Break 2 2010 006neration/

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Catch it in the Sunday October 6 travel section too. Then you’ll know where to take the kids skiing this winter. The story covers new amenities, programs and trails for families at Colorado ski resorts.


Latin American Lodging, From Panama to Peru

My latest feature in the New York Times travel section covers new hotels — from Lima boutiques to Costa Rica hideaways — in Latin America. Be inspired here.

Latin America Lodging, From Panama to Peru

Nayara Springs

One of the 16 villas at Nayara Springs, scheduled to open in Costa Rica in December.

Published: September 10, 2013

Grande dame rehabs. Art-focused urban boutiques. Rain-forest hideaways. There’s no pattern to be found in the latest hotels in Latin America. But the offerings reveal one trend: the broad appeal of the region.


Where to Go in 2013

The New York Times travel section just published its annual Where To Go issue including 46 wanderlust-inducing destinations. I wrote #s 29 (Puerto Rico) and 37 (Charlevoix) and hope to get to #12 (Montenegro) and #19 (Kimberley) this year.


Rapid Transit

Hark, adrenaline junkies! Mountain Travel Sobek has trip of a lifetime: 25 days, six continents, nine rivers. Read my New York Times piece here:


Staying healthy in Sin City

Possibly the healthiest hotel rooms in the country, ironically, are about to open in Las Vegas, including a Vitamin C infused shower. Read my story in the NY Times:


See the largest bears on Earth — safely, in Alaska

The Kodiak brown bear, cousins of the better known grizzlies, live only on Kodiak Island, Alaska in a vast wilderness preserve where the native Alutiiq nation just opened a new lodge offer unparalleled wildlife viewing from a comfortably base. The perspective of native islanders adds a cultural dimension to the safari, which I wrote about it for Smithsonian. Read it and leap:



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